My name is Deb. I’m a Southern girl who moved to Vermont after a messy and perilous mid-life reboot, an American Ballet Theatre-certified classical ballet instructor and former ABT Affiliate teacher, now retired from the classroom and working full time as digital copy editor at Eight Oh Two Marketing. I live in a cozy old house with my Handsome Chef Boyfriend David and our shy Goldapeake Retriever, Scout. I launched Sycamore Stories the instant I stepped onto Vermont soil back in 2012, mainly to share true stories about my serendipitous journey here and my new life in Vermont; you’ll get a good idea of my interests when you glance at the category cloud to the right. Early in 2019 I started writing short-form fiction in a series I call Morning Miniatures, a fun little exercise in descriptive writing. Thanks for stopping by, and please come again. ~Deb

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  1. Hi, Deb–
    I also took the risk of returning to NE (2000) after years (and one son) in the south–10 years in Harrisburg, PA area, then 15 in Atlanta. I took the plunge artistically in 1988, when I was 48, to “give myself permission” to make writing my primary focus–for life-giving, life-demanding food. It has meant poverty ever since, but I’m pretty good at the guerilla warfare “satisfaction” requires for the happenstance of living in market systems. I’ve only been in Norwich for 2-1/2 years and find it a quite miraculous, community-focused town, where the large gap in incomes is stepped right over–at least in terms of “community building and commitment. People understand about “means,” and make things happen regardless. Hope you’ll attend the Special Selectboard Meeting this Weds (16th); you’ll see it all in action.

    In the meantime, if you want to get together for comparing notes, or whatever, give a holler. We’ll no doubt have many notes in common!

  2. Hi Deb, I’ve been reading your blog since Katie Granju mentioned it in one of her blog posts. I was wondering if you would consider allowing comments at the end of your posts or is this the only area you want comments? Sometimes it would be so nice to quickly comment on a piece that resonated with me–for instance on the beautiful poem I read today! Makes me want to pack up and move to Vermont! All the best to you in your new life.

    • Hi Sue, and thank you so much. You should be able to comment on any post, if you click on the number just to the right of the date under each post’s title. Is that what you meant?~d

      • Well duh…yes it is! I guess I haven’t seen it done that way much but thanks for filling me in (I’m a little internet challenged at times!)

  3. Wow! You are a powerful and amazing woman! I have been eating up your writing style and loving your blog. At first I came upon it and was thrilled by the prose and then the more I read the more impressed I became with you as a human being. You are inspiring! I am so glad that you are here and have the opportunity to influence young women. No need to post this unless you want, this comment is really just for you.

  4. Just want to let you know how much I enjoy the glimpses into your remade world. Truly, you are inspiring. I’ve been following your blog since around Jan and I love your blend of photography, writing and gentle nicknames. I want to say something cheesy like, “you go girl!” but I mean it as in “way to go for picking yourself up and daring to dream a new, better life for yourself” Thanks for allowing us in.

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